Less than a month after the release date was announced for the hotly anticipated The Last of Us 2, we found out today that it is being delayed to Spring 2020.
Naughty Dog issued an official statement this afternoon explaining the reasoning behind the delay and giving a new release date of 29th May, 2020.
The statement came in the form of a letter to fans from Neil Druckmann, Creative Director at Naughty Dog. In it, Druckmann explains that “it was during the last few weeks, as we were closing out sections of the game, that we realised we simply didn’t have enough time to bring the entire game up to a level of polish we would call Naughty Dog quality. At this point we were faced with two options: compromise parts of the game or get more time. We went with the latter, and this new release date allows us to finish everything to our level of satisfaction while also reducing stress on the team.”
He goes on to say that: “While we’re relieved that we won’t have to compromise our vision, we’re disappointed that we weren’t able to avoid this exact situation. We wish we could’ve foreseen the amount of polish we needed, but the size and scope of this game got the better of us. We hate disappointing our fans and for that we’re sorry.”
Having to wait is annoying, but if it ensures the final game is at its best, then we’re all for it and glad to see studios taking responsibility for their staff by looking to reduce the stresses on their teams.
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